GHINA M. HALABI
Ghina is an astrophysicist whose journey was an unusual, yet exciting one. Born in Barouk, a small village tucked among the thousand-year-old cedars of Mount Lebanon, it wasn’t immediately evident to her that one day she will have a story to tell.
A curious child, she was peculiar to watch playing. A toy’s motor and battery were her objects of fascination. As a school kid, she installed a light system in her dark blue bag to make it easier to find her books. She found physics challenging so it lured her into it as a major in college, and later as a Masters degree. She then did her PhD in Astrophysics, during which she studied the structure and evolution of stars. By exploring their intricacies and body language she learned how fascinating their lifestyles are. She now writes about them here!
Sara is an aerospace lawyer, ethicist, educator and thought artist with an Army aviation background. As an entrepreneur she provides strategic advice to government agencies and private industry in the US and Europe on new and forward-looking science/technologies, applications for space exploration and commercial human spaceflight. She is widely published and a frequent speaker and lecturer at interdisciplinary conferences, universities and international space forums.
Meher is a Cambridge-based writer and holds a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. She was awarded the Louis de Bernières Prize for fiction writing in 2017. With a background in fine arts, Meher writes for theatre and screen – her adaptation “Our lady of Lahore” was produced by the Corpus Playroom Theatre in Cambridge. A perennially curious story-seeker, she is passionate about studying the spaces women occupy in literary narratives and art across different cultures.
Weronika first tried Social Science as a major, but soon realised she had no love or passion for it. It had seemed like an obvious choice, when humanities were the only academic disciplines she would have ever considered. She then decided to study Graphic Design but fortunately, her local University didn’t offer that major but they had Computing and Information Systems. That was when she found her passion for web design and realised how creative the developer role can be. Weronika is passionate about encouraging more women into tech. She believes that it is a challenge and a journey, but as long as it feels right and makes a woman happy that’s all that matters.
Business Development Manager
Coming from a family of women leaders and their supporters who worked tirelessly towards women empowerment in India, it has been Pahini’s lifelong desire to help people and make an impact. This drive led her to pursue a PhD in cancer research at King’s College London followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge. As a scientist, she explores ways to facilitate women-led translation of research to the wider community through several leadership positions in innovation, consultancy and entrepreneurship. She has a tech venture that aims to improve healthcare access through technology. She also founded Emparity, a non-profit which connects women empowerment and child education to eliminate poverty in India. Believing that progress can be made through a collaborative approach, Pahini seeks to establish it in all her endeavours.
Laura is a Wolfe Health Neuroscience Fellow and Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge and a Postdoctoral Affiliate at Clare Hall College. Her PhD at the University of Granada (Spain) focused on the application of brain imaging to study substance dependence. She joined the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge in 2013 where she used brain imaging to study the correlation between depression and traumatic brain injury. She now works in the Department of Psychiatry, leading a project that studies resilient functioning after childhood adversity. Laura is passionate about neuroimaging and its application to the study of mental health disorders. She loves science communication and is committed to the inclusion of minorities and women in science.
Anna is final year undergraduate student currently studying for a Masters in Physics at Cambridge. Having loved the challenges of academic work at university, she's made the most of her summers by conducting research and is now very excited to be writing her first paper! She is currently looking at taking this further to a PhD in optical imaging applied to biological problems. In her free time she enjoys running and travelling.
Outreach & Engagement Officer
Matt is an outreach astronomer based in Cambridge, UK. His PhD at the University of Cambridge focussed on star formation and the evolution of galaxies across cosmic time. After a few years as a postdoctoral researcher, he realised that his passion lay more in the direction of science communication and education. Since 2017 he has been an outreach astronomer at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy.